How you think, feel, and act in order to face life’s situations…
For example, how you handle stress.
How you look at yourself, your life and the people in your life…
For example, how you relate to others.
How you evaluate your options and make choices…
For example: how you make decisions.
Key component of mental health: what you think.
Thinking is the cognitive component of mental health.
It’s important to recognize your thoughts and to determine if they are reasonable for the situation.
For example, a friend invites another friend to go to a movie. Do you think “That’s OK. She can do that. I know we’ll get together another time.” Or, do you think “She’s not my friend anymore. A real friend would always invite only me…”
It’s important how you respond to your thoughts.
Do you let negative, damaging thoughts continue or do you stop them? For example, if you think you’ve been slighted by a friend, do you go over and over in your mind that the friend is hurtful, disloyal, uncaring…
Thoughts produce feelings in us.
Key component of mental health: what you feel.
Feeling is the emotional / sensory component of mental health.
Thoughts produce feelings.
Thinking the same thoughts over and over in your mind will create feelings – negative thoughts will create more negative feelings and positive thoughts will create more positive feelings.
It’s important to recognize your feelings.
For example, “I am angry and upset!”
It’s important to understand where these feelings are coming from.
Ie: your thought processes and how you interpret what’s happened.
It’s important how you respond to your feelings.
“ I feel this way so it’s right to feel this way.”
Ask yourself questions such as: “Is this a legitimate feeling that is appropriate for the situation?”